Country veteran George Strait will release a new album late next month, led by the highest-debuting single of his career on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.
Country veteran George Strait will release a new album late next month, led by the highest-debuting single of his career on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Due June 28 via MCA Nashville, "Somewhere Down in Texas" features "You'll Be There," which opened at No. 30 in early April and is No. 12 on the chart this week.
The 11-track "Somewhere Down in Texas" was originally planned for a fall release, but was moved up to capitalize on the strong start of "You'll Be There." It's the follow-up to 2003's "Honkytonkville," which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and No. 5 on The Billboard 200.
Strait was expected to perform last night (May 16) at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas and tonight at an ACM 40th anniversary celebration, but was forced to back out due to a throat infection. According to his official Web site, Strait is expected to make a full recovery in a few days.
Here is the track list for "Somewhere Down in Texas":
"If the Whole World Was a Honky Tonk"
"Somewhere Down in Texas"
"The Seashores of Old Mexico"
"You'll Be There"
"High Tone Woman"
"Good News, Bad News"
"Oh, What a Perfect Day"
"Ready For the End of the World"
"She Let Herself Go"
"By the Light of a Burning Bridge"